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The Origins of Native Americans

The Origins of Native Americans
Evidence from Anthropological Genetics

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  • Date Published: February 2001
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521004107

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  • Who are the Native Americans? When and how did they colonize the New World? What proportion of the biological variation in contemporary Amerindian populations was "made in America" and what was brought from Siberia? This book is a unique synthesis of the genetic, archaeological, and demographic evidence concerning the Native peoples of the Americas, using case studies from contemporary Amerindian and Siberian indigenous groups to unravel the mysteries. It culminates in an examination of the devastating collision between European and Native American cultures following Contact, and the legacy of increased incidence of chronic diseases that still accompanies the acculturation of Native peoples today.

    • Up-to-date discussion of the molecular genetic evidence for the origins of North, Central and South Americans
    • Uses case studies of Siberian, Eskimo, Mexican Indian, and Black Carib peoples
    • Contains an extensive bibliography for further reading
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    "It really serves as a comprehensive review of the human biology of native Americans in the broadest sense, with topics ranging from origins to contemporary population structure to demography and epidemiology...Crawford's book is not just of value to researchers interested in native Americans as a geographic region or population genetics as a topical area; rather, it has something for everyone and is destined to be a classic work in human biology." Human Biology

    "Professor Crawford's book is thoroughly recommended, not only for its factual content and argument, but also for the considered opinions of the author on much of the material he has consulted in writing it. All who are working on biological questions on or about Amerindian peoples will find it essential to read." Human Genetics

    "...this excellent book...serves as a comprehensive review of the human biology of native Americans in the broadest sense, with topics ranging from origins to contemporary population structure to demography and epidemiology. Crawford's book is not just of value to researchers interested in native Americans as a geographic region or population genetics as a topical area; rather, it has something for everyone and is destined to be a classic work in human biology." John H. Relethford, Human Biology

    "The book shows what a wide variety of factors it is necessary to consider in attempting to understand the genetic evolution of a population...Professor Crawford's book is thoroughly recommended, not only for its factual content and argument, but also for the considered opinions of the author on much of the material he has consulted in writing it. All who are working on biological questions on or about Amerindian peoples will find it essential to read." Human Genetics

    "...The origins of Native Americans is an engaging and thoughtful account of the population history of aboriginal groups from Siberia and the Americas based on anthropological genetic data." Theodore G. Schurr, Great Plains Research

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    • Date Published: February 2001
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521004107
    • length: 330 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 155 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.529kg
    • contains: 67 b/w illus. 35 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Origins of New World populations
    2. Population size and the effects of European contact
    3. Demography of Amerindian populations
    4. Genetic variation in contemporary populations of the Americas
    5. Population structure of Native Americans
    6. Morphological variation
    7. The survivors
    References
    Index.

  • Author

    Michael H. Crawford, University of Kansas

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